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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:10 PM

ITF delivers Walmart warning

21 November 2012

ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) ship inspectors have been visiting ships carrying Walmart cargoes this week to pass on warnings that the company may be experiencing industrial action in the run up to Christmas. The ITF is asking captains and companies working with Walmart to raise with it widespread concerns about the retail giant’s treatment of its US staff.
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The letter that has been delivered to ships this week by ITF inspectors says:

Dear Captain,
The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) is a Global Union Federation of 780 transport trade unions who collectively represent over 4.6 million workers worldwide.

We wish to bring to your attention a serious matter regarding Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., which has been reported to engage in unlawful retaliation against workers employed in their US retail and warehouse operations.

As Walmart cargo is carried by your company, you may wish to inform your management of these developments – particularly as there are reports of planned industrial disruptions in Walmart’s retail and warehouse operations in the upcoming Christmas holiday period. Your company may also be concerned about violations of labour rights and wish to raise this with Walmart.

Regarding the details of the matter, the ITF has learnt from its sister federation, UNI Global Union, that Walmart has retaliated against members of OUR Walmart, Warehouse Workers United, and Warehouse Workers for Justice when they have attempted to raise the following issues:

• Freedom of association
• Safe workplaces with safe equipment
• Provision of a policy manual for every employee, equal enforcement of policy and no discrimination
• Dependable and predictable work schedules
• Provision of affordable healthcare
• Wages and benefits that ensure that no employee has to rely on government assistance.

Reports show that workers raising these issues have been subject to unlawful firings, threats of employment termination, and reduced hours. These actions are thought to involve violations of both US law and ILO International Labour Standards. Walmart’s alleged retaliation also comes in the context of persistent wage and working hours violations. Since December 2008, the company has been involved in class action settlements and verdicts totaling US$1.18 billion (including a $187.6 claim currently under appeal).

The ITF is very concerned about the reported actions of Walmart against its workers. Walmart is a major customer of many companies across the shipping, ports, and contract logistics sectors, where numerous members of ITF affiliated unions work. The ITF believes the positive industrial relations between employers and unions in many of these companies sets a standard to which Walmart should aspire.

We would therefore like to draw the attention of your company to this serious situation.

Thanking you in solidarity,


http://www.itfglobal.org/press-area/index.cfm/pressdetail/8172

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Teamster Jeff Nov 2012 OP
MannyGoldstein Nov 2012 #1
northoftheborder Nov 2012 #2
Cheviteau Nov 2012 #3
Teamster Jeff Nov 2012 #5
RoccoR5955 Nov 2012 #4
Teamster Jeff Nov 2012 #7
RoccoR5955 Nov 2012 #8
mike_c Nov 2012 #6
WheelWalker Nov 2012 #9
mountain grammy Nov 2012 #10
freshwest Nov 2012 #11
Brigid Nov 2012 #12
patrice Nov 2012 #13
mrsadm Nov 2012 #14
SoapBox Nov 2012 #15

Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:29 PM

1. THIS IS AWESOME

Solidarity is EXACTLY what's needed here!

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:42 PM

2. Wow. Verrrrry interesting.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:44 PM

3. Great Stuff

I may miss my guess but, I think this will get some attention in the right places. Sure as hell hope so. It is going to take much more than a few employees walking off the job to bring this behemoth to heel. This sounds serious to me, as I'm sure it will to the board members of Walmart at their next meeting.

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Response to Cheviteau (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:52 PM

5. I think the store walk outs got their attention

but I agree with you they would be very concerned if their supply chain was interrupted. Right now though it seems that the ITF is just stirring the pot some.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:49 PM

4. Solidarity Forever!

The unions make us strong. Stronger if we all work together!
This is excellent news.
Are you listening Teamsters?

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:03 PM

7. lol.. I hear ya

I know that the Teamsters are ?conservative? sometimes. Hoffa seems to comfortable but he is intrenched. On a side note I talked to a couple of Wal Mart truck drivers one time and they told me they make good money/benefits and are very happy. I guess Wal Mart takes care of them. I told them they could thank the Teamsters for that because I am sure that one of the reasons that Wal Mart pays them well is to keep the Teamsters out.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:07 PM

8. Money talks

If you want to see where the resistance to unionism at Wall Mart and other places resides, just follow the money!

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:01 PM

6. excellent!

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:34 PM

9. K&R

Power to the People

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:18 PM

10. Solidarity!

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:24 PM

11. +1

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:28 PM

12. But we must do our part too.

Boycott Wal-Mart during this holiday season if you possibly can!

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:31 PM

13. K&R

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:52 PM

14. Fantastic!

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:12 PM

15. Cool.

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